Toronto Maple Leafs looking to Sochi Winter Olympics as an example for how to get things done the right way

2/25/14 in NHL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsThe Canadians won the gold medal in Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 men’s ice hockey matches and Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle is very interested in the way they played. He has been busy watching the game over and over to see how they played and he has pin pointed like everyone else the reason that they were so successful.

The Canadians defense was impenetrable. They ran a solid game and the defense allowed a total of 3 goals in 6 games. With a solid and consistent performance the Canadians were able to shut out nearly every team. Carlyle said that he would show the game to the players as well in hopes some of it rubs off on them and they get to find their faults and repair them.

"I looked at it and I hope our players understand that defense does win, that's the simplest statement you can make," Carlyle said.

There is a lot of things that the Leafs can get started on after watching the game but the most important part of the game was the Canadian defense and if the Leafs want to get started on just one things, it should be the defense. The NHL Regular Season 2014 still has 22 games left to be played and the Leafs really need to up their defense.

Out of a total of 32 wins 25 of those have come when the Leafs had been outshot. That weakness was compensated by the fact that the Leafs have great goaltenders and their offense was able to score, allowing the slacking defense to keep going.

Jonathan Bernier said that he was always confident in the abilities of his team and knew that they could get the goals. All they had to do was up the defense.

"We know that we can score goals as a team so if we can tighten up a little bit our defense, we feel we're going to be a tough team to beat," said Bernier.
 
Captain Dion Phaneuf added that the team with the better defense was more than often fared by the odds and they ended up winning more matches. Phaneuf said that a solid defense also meant that the offense could go around doing its job without any problems.
 
"I think that you've seen that over a long time, not just in that tournament, that good defensive teams have success," said Dion Phaneuf. "When you play good defense, it means you have the puck more and that generates more offence. That's a fair statement when you say 'defense wins,' it's been like that for a long time."
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